Intensive worldwide branding certainly is one of the key indicators of a successful franchise. According to ToastTub, customers are more likely to eat at a restaurant whose menu they are familiar with. And, when the franchise is part of a large, well-recognized group of companies, it is even better set for success. Many franchise brands in America you know well are owned by larger companies that, incidentally consumers don’t know by name. Here, you’ll find different investment companies that own popular franchises.
YUM! Family of Brands
Formerly, YUM! operated under the name PepsiCo and later Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc. The Kentucky based company runs a wide range of fast-food chains all over the world. Yum! owns KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and WingStreet.
Founded in 1997, the group of companies continues to provide “yummy” foods for its market all over the world. The company runs 43,617 franchise locations in 135 countries. This places it at the apex of the world's key players in the fast-food industry.
WingStreet is the brand of YUM! which specializes in chicken wings, sauces, and French fries. With headquarters in Plano, TX, the franchise has about five thousand restaurants in Canada and the United States.
Pizza Hut is an international franchise that’s been selling pizza since 1958. The chain of restaurants has signature Italian-American cuisines, especially pasta, pizza, desserts, and side dishes.
A fast-food subsidiary of Yum! Brands Inc., Taco Bell, is a California franchise that’s been around since 1982. It mainly sells tacos, nachos, burritos, and quesadillas. Most people know Taco Bell for its inventive menu and creative Mexican food combinations. The franchise has openings in several countries across America, Europe, and Asia.
After Jack Massey and John Brown bought Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) from Harland Sanders in 1964, the investment grew, and more units opened. In 2002, Tricon became Yum! Brands Inc., which owns the KFC restaurant franchise today. KFC is the world’s second-largest food franchise after McDonald's with more than 30,000 locations and $15 billion annual revenue.
Moran Family of Brands
The Moran family of brands is a national leading franchise automotive repair and window solutions franchise. They offer general car repair, which runs from window tinting and safety products to engine and transmission installation and repair.
The award-winning company bases its services on the DRIVE philosophy (Dedication, Respect, Integrity, Vision, and Enthusiasm).
For more than six decades, Mr. Transmission has continued to lead in the auto repair industry. Mister Transmission, as they are known in Canada, is the country's most reputable transmission technology experts.
SmartView Window Solutions offers residential and commercial tinting services. The window experts have several products lined up for different states in America.
The Moran group also offers automotive window fitting services. Their Alta Mere automotive fitting franchise installs, repairs and maintains car windows. They also offer paint protection films, alarms, safety accessories, and back up cameras.
Milex is a car repair franchise with over a century of existence. The brand offers car repair services in more than 120 locations across the United States.
ServiceMaster Family of Brands
Service Master was incorporated in 1947 to offer reputable franchise services. Their longstanding experience allows them to provide respectful and reliable services.
The brands aim at providing quality services, cleaning the environment, and making life cleaner and more comfortable. ServiceMaster has about five brands with which they sell their services. The franchise owner runs Terminix, American Home Shield, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and AmeriSpec.
Terminix has been in business since 1927 to control pests. The franchise offers bug removal services for residential and commercial properties.
American Home Shield is a warranty company that covers several appliances and service contracts for systems in your home. So, you can use their policies to cover refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, HVAC, plumbing, electrical systems, etc.
Merry Maids is a residential cleaning services franchise in North America, UK, and Ireland. Recently, Merry Maids expanded East, licensing several franchisees to offer its services in Japan, South Korea, Australia, and Hong Kong.
Then, Furniture Medic offers residential, onsite, commercial furniture services. These include flooring, repair, and restoration.
AmeriSpec offers home inspection services. They have been in business for 31 years and have conducted more than 2 million home inspections.
Neighborly Family of Brands
Don Dwyer started this investment group in 1981 in Waco, TX. Starting with one franchise brand, they expanded quickly and today have 22 service brands; 19 of which are franchise brands. In 2018, the company changed its corporate name to Neighborly. Today, they are mainly a home service-based franchise and one of the largest parent companies of home service brands.
Neighborly’s franchised brands include:
Aire Serv, Five Star Painting, Glass Doctor, Molly Maid, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Mr. Handyman, Mr. Rooter, Protect Painters, Rainbow International, Real Property Management, The Grounds Guys, Portland Glass, Cumberland County Glass, Mosquito Joe, and Window Genie.